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RATINGS: 1381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevada’s High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold – with notes of baker’s cocoa, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex, rich, and intense and will develop in the bottle for years to come.

Style: Imperial Stout
Hops: Magnum, Challenger
Malts: Two Row Pale, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa, Roasted Barley

Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: October, 2012


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgreb (409) - Marburg, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle - black beer with no head. Thick like oil. Nice sweetish cherry aroma. Strong and almost complex flavour. Dry. Medium bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quercus (26) - - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Overtoned on the hops not gonna talk it down too much, but it’s not high quality. Having said that its worth a drink if you like the stouts. Moral of the story don’t expect the best but its drinkable and enjoyable.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (5216) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2014
2013 bottle drunk on 1/25/14
Large grey-beige head recedes to one finger atop a not quite opaque drab brown body.
It’s funny but I smell more Chico yeast in the nose than I do any actual imperial stout notes. It’s like this yeast is too efficient for its own good. Some light PNW hops (pine) and a touch of alcohol but certainly nothing of a rich or deep Impy here. (was about to say, "nothing wrong with it, though" but I’m sick of saying that. There are too many good beers to just be making beers that are simply "not bad").
In the mouth, it’s well-attenuated, with light chocolate, simple roast and hints of coffee. Alcohol is a little bit rampant, and the carbonation is not particularly tight, leading to a loose, watery finish, with too much alcohol burn. Hop acids are at least minimal, though felt. It’s like they took SNPA, added some roasted malt, some more hops and upped the grain bill. Not my cup of tea. Did not finish a 12oz bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - JAN 25, 2014
Wonderful aroma is present with this stout poured on draft at Yogis in Bloomington IN. A very straight forward stout with a well balanced taste and finish. A great standard for all imperial stouts to judge themselves by. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkeh (398) - Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2014
This beast is jet black, inky black. Dark tan head. Aroma is cocoa, licorice, coffe, roasted malts, and some ETOH. Thick, creamy, full mouthfeel. Taste is strong malts, mild bitterness. A beast of a stout, I like it.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bebum (684) - - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2016 Opaque, stark black color, tall, frothy and lasting tan head. Attractive, moderate nose with the aroma of fresh coffee. Introduced by an obvious alcoholic burn and taste, full body and moderately intense roast and alcohol flavor, creamy and dense mouthfeel (like nitro) but surprizingly lean body after the dense mousse extinguishes itself, good length, intense, tasty, rich and fruity finish, excellent balance. Predominantly but not aggressive roast bitterness, which, along with perfectly measured high acidity disguises abundant sweetness, reaching perfect bittersweetsour balance. Complex flavor profile, alcoholic, coffee liqueur flavor, molasses, tar, dried fruit, oak, vanilla essence, cola, barley drops, English plum pudding or mincemeat, bready. Excellent, rich but not cloying stout, easy to like, perhaps the go-to rich stout, even if not the most extreme. Opaque, stark black color, tall and lasting tan head. Attractive, moderate nose with the aroma of fresh coffee. Alcoholic burn, full body and moderately intense roast and alcohol flavor, creamy and dense mouthfeel but surprizingly lean body after the dense mousse extinguishes itself, good length, rich finish, excellent balance. Predominantly roast bitterness, which, along with perfectly measured high acidity disguises abundant sweetness. Monochromatic flavor profile, coffee liqueur flavor. Excellent, rich but not cloying stout, easy to like, perhaps the go-to rich stout, even if not the most extreme.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5181) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Poured from bottle at Monks Kaffee in Dubuque Iowa. Black with flat head. Light coffee aroma. The taste is hard to describe - a ton going on in this one. A slight fruity cherry taste wrapped around a malty cocoa oily creamy and coffee monster. A pile of. happiness. The high ABV is well hidden. Really good beer. Best Sierra Nevada I've had

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
This has a nice sweet and toasty, beguiling aroma that hides the bite the flavor has. It's only a bit hot but still pretty tasty with some malty and hoppy goodness. It's nice and smooth on the tongue too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Franzen (472) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
Aroma contains dark fruits and is vineous and a bit alcoholic. There is some burnt wood but otherwise the aroma is more that of a barley wine than an imperial stout. Strange enough I can actually notice sand in the aroma
Pitch black with thick beige head
A bit sweet with some almond in the taste. There is a pretty intense dark chocolate presence in the taste. Even if the the taste begins a bit sweet the bitterness wins the tug o’ war. The finishing bitterness is really intense and is the typical dark chocolate bitterness.
Full body, creamy and also a bit oily texture
This one is relly fantastic, I was bit sceptic judgin by teh aroma but the taste is fantastic

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Ebony pour, good biscuit head. Espresso, vanilla, chocolate, caramel from the roasted malt, molasses, leather, peat. Earthy, full bodied and decadent. Slight bitterness towards the end. Great stuff.


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